Monthly Archives: December 2016

December 30, 1936: The GM Sit-Down Strike Spreads to Flint, Michigan

Fighting for recognition of their union, the United Auto Workers, General Motors (GM) workers at the Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Michigan launched a historic sit-down strike on December 30, 1936, just days after a successful strike at a Ford Motor Co. supplier, Kelsey-Hayes, won union recognition there. This was a period of…

Radical Measures are Called For – Prof. Chomsky Calls on Obama to Issue a General Pardon for Undocumented Immigrants

The Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative IWCC has enlisted some extremely significant aid in its call for President Obama to issue a General Pardon of undocumented immigrants, in the form of a message from Professor Noam Chomsky. View Chomsky’s call on Obama to act below. Read Avi Chomsky’s A Radical Proposal for Radical Times at the North…

The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda – Robert Reich

The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda by Robert Reich November 19, 2016 Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich a huge tax cut, and much worse. Here’s the First 100 Day resistance agenda [with thanks to Alan Webber]: 1. Get Democrats in the Congress and across…

Wendell Berry and Eric Schlosser: Protect What’s Worth Keeping & Develop Strategies Built Upon Love

This conversation between novelist, poet & farmer Wendell Berry (The Unsettling of America) and author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) is worth viewing in its entirety.

Our focus, notes Berry, must be on far more than fear, guilt and anger over climate change. We must develop strategies built on love.

“We need a broad-fronted economic movement to protect everything that’s worth protecting, to stop damage to everything that’s worth keeping,” said Berry.

“We’ve been talked out of love, mercy, kindness. We’ve got to take those things back.”

Instead of using fear and guilt as motivators, “We all need to find things we love to do, and do them.”

Published on Dec 15, 2016

Author, poet, writer and farmer Wendell Berry, in a public conversation with journalist Eric Schlosser, discusses his influences as a writer, his influences as a spiritual person, his connection to Kentucky, the land and more. He begins the conversation with Schlosser by talking about a term he’s coined—industrial fundamentalism—and continues to talk about the agrarian way of life and how to proceed in this new political era.

Trump’s Billionaire Class – a Realignment with Putin’s Russia

The Real News Network’s Paul Jay speaks with Leo Panitch Leo Panitch is the Senior Scholar and Emeritus Professor of Political Science at York University. He is the author of many books, the most recent of which include UK Deutscher Memorial Prize winner The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire, In…

Thanks, Trump! We Now Have Two Opportunities for Bold Progressive Reform

by Arun Gupta, December 17, 2016. Yes! Magazine. If Donald Trump’s election as president was an earthquake that leveled progressive expectations, then his transition has slammed into the political landscape with equal force. Trump is staffing his administration with far-right billionaires, conspiracy theorist generals, and extreme ideologues, while upsetting relations with important powers like the United…